Charles William Brau

Charles William Brau

January 22, 1932 – November 25, 2021

VISITATION: Tuesday, Nov. 30th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel, followed by ROSARY at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Wednesday, Dec. 1st at 10:30am, St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, 11802 Pacific.  Entombment, Resurrection Mausoleum.  Memorials are suggested to St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church or Salvation Army.

To view live broadcast of the Rosary and Mass, please go to and click the “View Live Cast” button on the home page.


Charles William Brau was born in Wahoo, NE on January 22, 1932, to Frank and Theodora Brau. He grew up in Humphrey and had one brother, Frank Brau, II.  Charles died at home on Thursday, November 25, 2021, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 89.

Charles was a retired sales executive from McKesson. He enjoyed that career for close to 40 years, moving from South Dakota, to Iowa, Connecticut, California and finally home to Nebraska while working his way up the ranks. Upon retirement in 1992, Charles needed to stay busy and found much satisfaction volunteering for more than 25 years for CHI Health Bergan Mercy hospital, American Red Cross, Kiwanis Golden K organization and Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).  The friendships he made and the people he helped in all of those endeavors provided a high level of satisfaction during his retirement years.  

He is survived by son Randy, daughters Laurie (Ted) Grove, and Ann (Gary) Johnston, granddaughters Amber (Ben) Armbruster and Leah Brau, great grandson Corran Armbruster, great granddaughter Daelyn Armbruster, beloved friend Heidi Brau and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Charles married Ardes Wehenkel on May 3, 1954 in Madison. They were married 67 years and enjoyed the last 29 of those years in retirement together. They traveled together to many wonderful destinations to visit family and friends and favorite destinations always included somewhere with amazing beaches to enjoy long walks on the beach.  Anyone who knows Charles knows how much they enjoyed being active. He was very health conscious and worked hard all his life to remain fit and active.  

His greatest joy was his marriage to Ardes, as well as their children and grandchildren. Everyone who met Charles knew how proud he was of his career and his family.  Charles was well loved and will be missed by many.



  • Gretchen Coyle Posted November 28, 2021 6:43 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Uncle Charles. He always had a funny story to tell and a big smile! I am sure he and Aunt Ardes are enjoying being reunited in their new home….Heaven. God bless to Randy, Laurie and Ann. Gretchen Brau Coyle

  • THOMAS J. OLIG Posted November 30, 2021 3:00 pm

    So sorry to hear of Charles passing! Sally & I enjoyed seeing him & Ardes
    at the Oak View Mall walking, but after Covid-19 started we saw less and less of them.
    I hope your having a walk with Ardes and “Our Lord Jesus Christ” right now!
    Your friends,
    Tom & Sally Olig

  • Paul & Pamela Posted December 1, 2021 9:24 pm

    We have so many fond memories of both Chuck and Ardes. Our 40 year loving friendship could never be matched. We truly miss them both and will never forget them. Rest in Peace.

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